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May Hospice Caregiver Award

MayCaregiver2015Carol Robertson is the winner of the May Hospice Caregiver Award, presented by Horan & McConaty.  Carol was nominated by Dina Schall.

I had to write and tell you how exceptionally kind and caring my mom’s CNA, Carol Robertson, is.  My mother was diagnosed almost 10 years ago with Alzheimer’s.  Her doctor put her on hospice care in January 2015.  Mom had a hard time connecting with any caregivers for years. I figured it was due to her disease.  Upon suggestion from mom’s social worker, we decided to try Carol.  Within five minutes of Carol walking in the door, we heard Mom laugh and saw her smile!!  I was amazed!  She showered her, dressed her, fed her and held her hand the entire time.  I knew then she was sent from heaven!  The second time Carol was here, I even heard my mom singing in the shower.  After all these years with the disease, Mom doesn’t remember anything.  She hasn’t known who I am for many years.  There is something special with Carol.  Mom couldn’t tell you her name but she seems happy and content when Carol is near.  Carol never fails to give Mom a hug, even when Mom is having a very bad day.  She… Carol… is the most devoted and caring person I think I have ever met.  I don’t know how much time I have left with my mother but I will be eternally grateful for the time we both have had with Carol Robertson.

Sincerely,
Dina Schall
Daughter

Each monthly Caregiver Award winner will receive a gift card that can be used for whatever the recipient decides and an award.

At the end of twelve months the review committee will select the Caregiver of the Year to be revealed at a banquet honoring the twelve finalists. The Caregiver of the Year will win a trip for two within Colorado.

Do you know a Caregiver? Nominate them today!

Meet Our April Caregiver of the Month

AprilCaregiver2015aRosemary Sleevi is the winner of the April Hospice Caregiver Award, presented by Horan & McConaty.  Rosemary was nominated by Jackie Foglio, LSW, Halcyon Hospice.

In a nutshell, being around Rosemary Sleevi brings a smile to everybody’s face. She is kind, caring, helpful, funny, and has a wonderful demeanor/calming presence about her. Not only has she been a huge asset to our south office and our bereavement program, willing to help out wherever she can, she does an amazing job out in the field with patients, doing energy work, massage and aromatherapy. She has brought peace and relief to patients, caregivers and staff alike. She is a complete badass, and I feel honored to have her on our team!

Jackie Foglio, LSW
Halcyon Hospice

Each monthly Caregiver Award winner will receive a gift card that can be used for whatever the recipient decides and an award.

At the end of twelve months the review committee will select the Caregiver of the Year to be revealed at a banquet honoring the twelve finalists. The Caregiver of the Year will win a trip for two within Colorado.

Do you know a Caregiver? Nominate them today!

Congratulations to Our March Caregiver of the Month

MarchCaregiver2015Jennifer Moss, LCSW at Suncrest Hospice, is the winner of the March Hospice Caregiver Award, presented by Horan & McConaty.  Jennifer was nominated by Judy Jones, LCSW Director of Social Services at Suncrest Hospice.

Jennifer Moss represents hospice social work to the fullest. Her many years of experience are evident in her knowledge of resources, ability to problem solve and provide compassionate presence with our patients and families. She moves easily between the “head and the heart” – both so important in making end of life decisions. Jennifer’s passion is teaching about end of life issues, whether that is students in the classroom, new employees or families – she brings a wealth of knowledge and commitment all that she does. It has been one of my greatest honors to work with someone with Jennifer’s level of professionalism and all around niceness. I nominate her for Caregiver of the Month wholeheartedly.

Judy Jones, LCSW
Director of Social Services
Suncrest Hospice

Each monthly Caregiver Award winner will receive a gift card that can be used for whatever the recipient decides and an award.

At the end of twelve months the review committee will select the Caregiver of the Year to be revealed at a banquet honoring the twelve finalists. The Caregiver of the Year will win a trip for two within Colorado.

Do you know a Caregiver? Nominate them today!

2014 Caregiver of the Year

2014 Hospice Caregiver Award Winners

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In January we gathered all our 2014 monthly Hospice Caregiver Award winners, along with their friends and family members to celebrate twelve amazing caregivers in our community.  We shared dinner and the beautiful nominations each of them received last year. Joan Hummel from Porter Hospice & St. Anthony Hospice was named Hospice Caregiver of the Year for 2014. Congratulations, Joan, and thank you for all you do!

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Left to Right: Daren Forbes, Vice-President & COO, Horan & McConaty; Joan Hummel, Grief Counselor, Porter Hospice/ St. Anthony Hospice and 2014 Hospice Caregiver of the Year;  Jennifer McBride, Vice President, Horan & McConaty.

Meet Our December Caregiver of the Month

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Simone Turner, Intake Coordinator at Suncrest Hospice, is the winner of the December Hospice Caregiver Award presented by Horan & McConaty.  She was nominated by Kim Braun who had this to say about:

I would like to nominate Simone Turner as “Caregiver of The Month.” Where Simone, as an Intake Coordinator, is not your typical caregiver in the sense of direct care, she is every sense of a caregiver when it comes to the first interaction many of our prospect patients and families have when it comes to learning about hospice. Simone is typically the first contact these individuals will speak to about hospice, and where they rarely meet her in person they end their initial conversation with a feeling of comfort, relieve and outlet. As her director, I have left the Intake Office in awe numerous times after having the opportunity to hear her educate these patients (often for more than an hour) with such empathy, compassion, patience and professionalism. No matter how difficult this conversation may be, Simone in the end has probably made these people laugh at some point during the conversation, lightened the load of a very heavy discussion and ended the conversation with the person on the other end feeling confident about the next journey that lies ahead. We at Suncrest are so very fortunate to have her on our team!

 Kim Braun
Suncrest Hospice

Recipients of the monthly Caregiver Award will receive a gift card that can be used for whatever the recipient decides and an award.

In addition, each year the Caregiver of the Year is announced at a banquet honoring the twelve monthly winners. The Caregiver of the Year will win a trip for two within Colorado.

Do you know a Caregiver? Nominate them today!

Congratulations to Our November Caregiver of the Month

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Kristi Rice, RN at The Denver Hospice, is the winner of the November Hospice Caregiver Award presented by Horan & McConaty.  She was nominated by Jamie Weatherly who had the following to say about why she nominated Kristi.

Kristi Rice is a new hospice nurse. But, when you have what it takes, it doesn’t matter if you’ve been doing this 3 months or 15 years. She knows her patient’s needs and how to care for them, going above and beyond what is expected, definitely above what I’ve seen in my hospice career. Kristi assumed cares for a patient with COPD. This patient lives alone, has no connections with anyone. This patient has been fearful and distrustful of anyone. Yesterday, Kristi made her routine visit. She had tried calling the patient several times to let this lady know she was coming, with no luck reaching her on the cell phone, this patient’s only connection to help. When Kristi arrived, this patient said that her phone quit working 2 days ago. This patient had no way of calling anybody, including any emergency services if needed. Kristi personally went to the patient’s mobile carrier store and had the phone fixed, spending over 2 hours getting this taken care of so this patient could call for assistance if needed. Anyone who has worked in hospice knows how little spare time there is in a day. Kristi took 2 additional hours out of her day to make sure this patient had a way to seek help if needed. This is just a very small example of what she has done in a very short time as a hospice nurse. But again, when you have the heart to do this work, it doesn’t matter how long you’ve been a hospice caregiver. Kristi has the heart for this job. She was able to restore trust in a patient that was scared to trust anybody. That in itself speaks volumes :) 

Jamie Weatherly, RN
The Denver Hospice

Recipients of the monthly Caregiver Award will receive a gift card that can be used for whatever the recipient decides and an award.

In addition, each year the Caregiver of the Year is announced at a banquet honoring the twelve monthly winners. The Caregiver of the Year will win a trip for two within Colorado.

Do you know a Caregiver? Nominate them today!

Meet Our October Hospice Caregiver Award Recipient

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Joan Hummel, Grief Counselor at Porter Hospice/St. Anthony Hospice, is the winner of the October Hospice Caregiver Award presented by Horan & McConaty.  She was nominated by Gretchen Norman who had the following to say about why she nominated Joan.

Joan Hummel is not only an amazing bereavement counselor, she is an amazing co-worker. She is a wealth of knowledge with resources, history, procedures and policies within our company, the community and the world in general! She exudes compassion and is the model of having an all accepting, strength-based approach to our bereaved family members and to our staff. Recently, it happened AGAIN in one of the grief groups I was facilitating. Joan’s name got brought up by one of the participants who is seeing her for individual grief counseling. Several other people in the group perked up as they are being followed by her in bereavement. I added that in years past, having my office next to Joan’s office, I would hear such robust laughter during the sessions that it was hard to believe something as heavy as grief counseling was going on in there. Joan later explained they talk about a lot of things, some very funny things – perhaps as a way of keeping the grief in perspective I imagine. In my group that night, there was such enthusiasm and faith that this ‘miracle worker’ named Joan would be there for them to deal with the grief. And I know Joan, she will! 

Gretchen Norman
Centura Health at Home/Porter Hospice and Butterfly Program

Recipients of the monthly Caregiver Award will receive a gift card that can be used for whatever the recipient decides and an award.

In addition, each year the Caregiver of the Year is announced at a banquet honoring the twelve monthly winners. The Caregiver of the Year will win a trip for two within Colorado.

 

Do you know a Caregiver? Nominate them today!

Congratulations to Our September Hospice Caregiver of the Month Award Recipient

SeptCaregiver2014Kristin Ayon, CNA, at Agape Hospice is the winner of the September Hospice Caregiver Award presented by Horan & McConaty.  She was nominated by Corinne Baker, RN, Agape Hospice, who had the following to say about why she nominated Kristin.

We had a very difficult family and patient recently and they kept pushing Kristin Ayon (CNA) away.  Kristin could see that our patient needed our help, and she continued to show up for visits with a very positive attitude, slowly gaining the trust of our patient family.  Although she was frustrated, knowing how much she could offer and how much the patient needed, she remained very professional, with a result of success.

She was compassionate & caring, altering her daily schedule for this family.  She kept her humor and love for her patient shined each and every day.  As the RN on this case I found her assistance a vital part of keeping our patient safe, comfortable, allowing her in the end to have a peaceful hospice death.

Kristin is a valuable part of our team.  The small little box certainly wasn’t big enough to praise Kristin’s skills, professionalism and all the times I observed her holding the hand of a dying patient.  She is a top notch CNA!  She was put on this earth to be a “Care Giver.”

Corinne Baker, RN
Agape Hospice

Each monthly Caregiver Award winner will receive a gift card that can be used for whatever the recipient decides and an award.

In January, the Hospice Caregiver of the Year will be announced at a banquet honoring the twelve monthly winners. The Caregiver of the Year will win a trip for two within Colorado.

 

Do you know a Caregiver? Nominate them today!

August 2014 Hospice Caregiver of the Month Award

AugustCaregiver2014Peggy Auten is the winner of the August Hospice Caregiver Award, presented by Horan & McConaty.  She was nominated by Kathy Iwanowski, RN, Optum Hospice & Palliative Care who had the following to say about why she nominated Peggy.

While attending a recent death, the caregiver told me that Chaplain Peggy Auten had a profound effect on our patient earlier that day.  The caregiver noted that whatever Peggy said to the patient at her visit brought him a sense of peace immediately and lasted until he expired.  It was so great to hear this as the family had previously declined a chaplain visit as they were not “religious.”

Kathy Iwanowski, RN
Optum Hospice & Palliative Care

Each monthly Caregiver Award winner will receive a gift card that can be used for whatever the recipient decides and an award.

In January, the Hospice Caregiver of the Year will be announced at a banquet honoring the twelve monthly winners. The Caregiver of the Year will win a trip for two within Colorado.

Do you know a Caregiver? Nominate them today!

July Caregiver of the Month Award Winner

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Suzanne Caverly, RN with The Denver Hospice was selected as the winner ofthe July Hospice Caregiver Award, presented by Horan & McConaty.  She was nominated by Peter Repka, son of Edie Repka,who had the following to say about why he nominated her.

Why would you like to nominate this person as “Caregiver of the Month”? 

A year ago last Thanksgiving, my mom, Edith Repka, went to the hospital for about five days for heart related problems. Within two weeks, Mom was back in the hospital and at that point she told us that she didn’t want to go back to the hospital again, so we, Mom, Lisa, her daughter, and I called a couple of hospice care centers. After a short deliberation, we decided on The Denver Hospice. As it turned out, we could not have picked a better place.

So at the beginning of 2013, The Denver Hospice was set to come into Mom’s home and take over the care of her. Her first nurse, who happened to be a good friend of the Pete Lansing family, soon after taking care of Mom, decided to retire. As disappointed as we were, this lead to Suzanne Caverly coming into Mom’s and our lives. After the first few visits, we all had come to the conclusion that Suzanne was not only a great nurse but an awesome person. Suzanne started off seeing Mom once a week on Wednesdays and the longer she came, all of us, especially Mom, realized how special of a person had come into her life.

Suzanne treated Mom with so much love and caring that the comfort level soared to incredible heights. Suzanne started off leaving me notes about Mom condition and then she started talking to me on the phone on a regular basis. Which for me was much more personable and allowed me to ask questions immediately. This was so helpful to me. Mom would tell me that after a while that she felt so comfortable with Suzanne, she felt she could and did talk to Suzanne about anything, including her eventual death.

At this point, when Suzanne would come visit with Mom, she would stay much longer than the required one hour and often, depending upon Suzanne schedule, she would stay upwards of a couple or three hours. This gave mom great peace and allowed the both of them to really get to know each other beyond either ones expectations. As Mom’s disease got worse, Suzanne’s support and visits increased. Suzanne would call and talk to my sister in Glenwood Springs, and update, as well as console her as best she could. Suzanne and all of my family became so close over a relatively short period that seemed like an eon of time. In other words, she became part of our family. She told me how much she loved my mom and how my mom gave her so much strength.

When the time came nearer to Mom’s death, I could tell how much this was affecting her. But Suzanne never allowed this to affect her caring of Mom. In fact, it seemed to strengthen the bond between her and Mom, Lisa and me. Suzanne became the person that I turned to for support, knowledge and strength and she did this with open arms and a caring and loving heart. Suzanne did her job and then some with as much grace as my mom lived her life, and certainly with as much grace as Mom when she died. Suzanne meant so much to my mom and means that much more to myself and Lisa. Suzanne has carved a place in my heart and family that will be there as long as I’m around.

May God bless this special woman,
Peter A. Repka

Each monthly Caregiver Award winner will receive a gift card that can be used for whatever the recipient decides and an award.

At the end of twelve months the review committee will select the Caregiver of the Year to be revealed at a banquet honoring the twelve finalists. The Caregiver of the Year will win a trip for two within Colorado.

Do you know a Caregiver? Nominate them today!

 

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